Brisbane book launch at Avid Reader, Friday 23 June 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM , 193 Boundary St West End. Register at Avid Reader. There is another more relaxed affair, a BYO picnic in the park, Sunday 25 June 11:00AM - 2:00PM at Walton Bridge Reserve The Gap (inbound city-side). I'll be hosting a short nature walk and signing copies of the book which will be on sale at the picnic. BYO means bring something to eat and drink in a sharing sense, it'll be a casual affair. Both these events are open to everyone. Hope to see you, if not check out BOOKO.
Phidippus audax (Hentz, 1845) Audacious Jumper
Finding this species in Norman Park, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, is unusual because it is a North American spider.
Do my legs look big in this?
This undescribed Afraflacilla sp. has enlarged leg-one segments and large spurs on the tibia and metatarsus.
"Spiders!" I yelled, "Oh my god, spiders!"
This was the first line of Chris McCormack's review of our forthcoming book. What a great line! He goes on to write: "Such an utterance may well epitomise the human relationship with the order Araneae - their hairy bodies and scuttling trigger a visceral fear and loathing for many. However, in this case the above words were shouted not in contempt or aversion but instead, excitement and glee." Brilliant! A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia CSIRO Publishing will be in the book stores on 1 June. Here's a round up with all the links to appearances so far on the Project, ABC online etc.
Ananeon sp. aff. Ananeon howardensis (but probably not)
Despite this species having a near identical male palp to Ananeon howardensis and in one case pretty much the same location it appears to be another species.
Talking about spider genitals
New Jumpers from the north
From the Quinkan Country Bush Blitz 6-17 March the northern-most record of a Peacock Spider, a new species, and a new Jotus sp. reminiscent of the type species for the genus, Jotus auripes.
'Natsboy' the Northern Peacock Spider
'Rockmebaby' a new Jotus with bright orange arms.